Master Money and Investing: Jedi and Ninja Wealth

I remember when I used to feel inadequate about money and investing.  I felt like I was floating in the middle of a dangerous ocean, with no wind in my sails, and I lost my direction home.

It was a helpless, scary feeling to know almost nothing about money and investing, because I desperately wanted to master money, but I didn’t know where to start.

I always imagined life would be easier if I understood how to grow money from money, but getting that knowledge felt so elusive. It felt like financial wisdom was reserved for a select club. Unless you were born into that club, or went to school for years to learn it, you’d forever be struggling money, while the few people who did understand money and investing would be passionately living their dream lives.

This story is about my road to learn how money and investing works. Once I began to learn, I stopped feeling lost and afraid.  I started to feel empowered.  Learning was the breeze that filled my sails.  Learning helped me cross my ocean of challenges, and find my dream life on the other side.  

This is how you start to learn to master money and investing:

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Disappointed? Here’s the Key to Fix it.

I’ve been disappointed the last few months.  I’ve been trying to get pregnant since the middle of summer, but every month, I’ve had to deal with seeing the same disappointment: a negative test result.

I am not going to lie. I thought my dream of becoming a mother would be easier than this.  My expectations of a perfect life led me to believe that the journey to parenthood would happen smoothly.  I didn’t expect to be so disappointed on the path to find my perfect life.

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The #1 Skill you Need to Change Your Life

If you’re reading this, you may be wondering, “How can I change my life?”  Read this story, and you will learn the #1 skill you need to change your life.

I call this style of writing DJ fiction, because it’s just like a DJ spinning records. Everything is true, but a lot of different eras of my life are mashed together to create this hybrid form of writing.    

My boss called me into his office.  I didn’t know if I was going to get fired. I had made a huge mistake the week before and tried to cover it up.  But my boss found out on a Friday, and I beat myself up all weekend afraid of what was going to happen next.

I walked into his office.  I tried to avoid eye contact.  He pointed at a chair across from his desk and said, “Sit down.  I need to talk to you about your future here.”

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Falling in Love: How to Become a 2-Person Adventure.

Amanda’s and my life changed drastically the first few months we were married in 2015.  Falling in love was the easy part.  Becoming a mutually-beneficial, two-person adventure was the hard part!   

A week after we were married, we bought our first home and moved in together. Our two different personalities crashed together, and fairly quickly, we realized that we had to learn an entire new language to happily co-exist together.  This is the story about how we did it, and our journey to find the happiness we both dream of.

We got married for the right  reasons (we thought).  But as we soon found out, married life is HARD to figure out!

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Relationship Problems: 3 Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Healthy relationships should feel like a bubbling fresh spring of water inside of us.  They should naturally fill our lives full with feelings of happiness, wealth, and fulfillment. But when we experience relationship problems, that same fresh water can feel like it’s boiling and scalding us from inside our heart, and contaminating the happiness we feel in our lives.

I’ll be honest:  It only took me 3 weeks of being married to realize why the divorce rate is so high in America.  We are all imperfect people.  Bad habits are hard to break, and forgiveness is difficult.  Realizing that we have our own flaws can be a devastating blow to our egos.  Our patience wears thin. It can feel easier to quit, than to find solutions.  But we have to remember that relationship problems are a normal part of life for all of us at some point.

Here are 3 lessons I’ve learned the hard way to improve my relationship problems:

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Growing Wealth: The Simple Way

I stalked through the forest as quietly as I could.  I was on a deer hunting way up north. I stepped over logs and rocks, and I looked for deer watching me through the tree branches.  I was alone, exploring my thoughts, and searching for the secret to growing wealth.

I felt submerged in the overgrowth as I walked beneath the tree tops in my blaze orange hunting jacket.  I realized money and status didn’t mean anything out here.  The qualities that made you a wealthy were the quality of your thoughts running through your mind.  Growing wealth, I realized, starts here.  

The first step to growing wealth, is growing the thoughts in your mind, I thought.  So what’s the next step?  Continue reading “Growing Wealth: The Simple Way”

Confronting the Dangerous Lies I Tell Myself to Fit In

The first step I took to find my real-self was going on a mission to destroy the lies I tell myself to fit in. The way to wealth is simple:  we must learn from our mistakes, put our revelations into practice, and destroy the poisonous lies we tell ourselves that lead us to become people we’re not.  

I learned a lot about myself this last weekend as I took a trip to Denver, Colorado. My goal was to become more aware of my thoughts than I’ve ever been.  This is the story of how I won against the lies I tell myself, and began to destroy them like the evil snakes that they are.

I traveled to Colorado to attend a family member’s birthday party.  I’ll be honest, seeing my family has always been one of the hardest things for me to do.  I don’t know why, but I always feel desperate to be accepted by them.  They are some of the closest people in my life; who have watched me stumble through the years to find myself; but even in our closeness, I have an internal fear of not being understood by them. Continue reading “Confronting the Dangerous Lies I Tell Myself to Fit In”